Fundraising

“In a world with so much selfishness and emphasis on ‘I,’ it is so reassuring to spend time with an organization and many people who love to give rather than take.” –longtime Habitat 500 rider and top fundraiser

Fundraising Requirements

There will be no official fundraising minimums for 2020. We strongly encourage everyone to fundraise and have the following suggested minimums:
  • $250: first-year riders
  • $500: more experienced fundraisers
  • $1,000+: for those looking for a challenge or who are already our most-experienced fundraisers

Each rider can choose up to three Habitat affiliates (local, national, or global) to support with their fundraising. Each year varies in the amount of fundraising that is passed through to these affiliates (a portion is taken out for ride expenses). In 2019, 88.9% of funds were distributed to affiliates.

Habitat 500 Funds Policy

All Habitat 500 riders are required to raise the minimum amount of funds. In 2019, that amount was $500 for multi-day riders and $250 for one-day riders. If a rider cannot meet this minimum by the first day of the ride, he or she may write a personal check to cover the balance. Each rider can choose up to three Habitat affiliates (local, national, or global) to support with their fundraising. [The previous paragraph is irrelevant for 2020.]

Fundraising begins in the winter prior to each Ride and ends in the fall following the Ride (approximately December—September) each year. Once fundraising closes, all funds turned in afterward will go toward the next Habitat 500 Ride.

Each year varies in the amount of fundraising that is passed through to these affiliates; a portion is taken out to cover ride expenses that are not covered by registration fees and sponsorships. In 2019, 88.9% of funds were distributed to affiliates.

All funds collected by riders for the Habitat 500 are donations to the Habitat 500. Habitat Minnesota, as the coordinator of the Ride, collects, manages, and distributes these funds. All funds sent out will be distributed to the affiliate or affiliates chosen by the rider except when a chosen affiliate is not in compliance with the standards set by Habitat International (“Good Standing”). This is not a common occurrence.

Attempts will be made to connect with the affiliate. If the affiliate remains out of Good Standing for four months after fundraising is closed, the rider will be contacted and asked to select a different Habitat affiliate to receive their fundraising or to send funds to the Habitat 500 bike.home. If riders don’t let us know their preference by June 1, funds will go toward supporting Habitat Minnesota’s statewide programming.

If online donations are made without a rider designation, the donor will be contacted and asked to select a rider or team to support. If the donor does not respond by October 1 or the current year’s fundraising deadline (whichever is earlier), funds will go toward supporting Habitat Minnesota’s statewide programming.

OneCause (formerly GreatFeats): Offline Donations

We continue to work on streamline our processes. So that riders don’t have to hand write their donor info and then staff type it into our spreadsheet manually, we’re asking that riders enter their offline donations right into their OneCause pages. That way we can easily pull a report of all donations, and riders will have an accurate thermometer on their fundraising page for all donations they received, and not just their donations online. It will also save riders from filling out all the donor info by hand, and will cut down on confusion over illegible handwriting. Before mailing in checks, please enter your donations onto your OneCause page (Offline Donation Instructions here), and then mail them in with the short Offline Donations Paid Form.

If you need to provide a donation receipt, the form is listed below. The supporters who donate to the Habitat 500 deserve recognition. It is the cyclist’s responsibility to thank all donors who made their ride possible. All donations are tax deductible; the donation receipt is applicable for any amounts up to $99. Habitat for Humanity will send receipts for any donations of $100 or more. If you collect cash and write your own check to cover it, be sure to note in your OneCause entry how much is from each donor.

Donation Receipt (Give to Donors)

NEW: Donor Thank You’s

Want to spruce up thank you notes to your donors? Check out these designs from our Habitat 500 intern, Brianna! Each one has several options for printing (one to a page vs four to a page).

Online Fundraising

  1. Set up your fundraising page.
  2. Include your OneCause link in your fundraising appeals.
  3. For more information about online fundraising through GreatFeats, visit our FAQ page or the 2020 Habitat 500 OneCause page.

Fundraising Tips